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History of the Americas

Mexican Revolution and Nation-Building
Course Description: 

In July 2016, the California State Board of Education adopted a revised History-Social Science curriculum framework for grades K-12. The new framework reflects the struggles and progress of Chicanos and Latinos in the US, as well as major historical events in Latin America, including a focus on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution in 10th grade.  In this course, historians from one of Mexico’s leading universities, El Colegio de México, will join US scholars to provide rich content knowledge on the Mexican Revolution and nation-building. Topics may include women of the Revolution, Mexican muralists, and US-Mexican political history.  We will explore how to use primary sources, literature, and scholarly texts to build curriculum that reflects the new History-Social Science framework and teaches students to think critically about key historical events.  Teachers will have the opportunity to experience being students again while deepening and broadening their content knowledge.

Keywords: latin american history, mexican revolution, CA history standards, curriculum, mexico, nation-building, history PD

Audience: Designed for middle school and high school History and Social Science teachers Dates & Times:

Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2017

  • Mon | 10:00a - 4:00p
  • Tue - Thu | 9:00a - 4:00p
  • Fri | 9:00a - 1:30p
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University with follow-up virtual learning communities throughout the school year


  • $400 (Individual)
  • $350 (Group - 3 or more teachers from the same school or district)

This course is offered at a reduced fee thanks to the support from the US Department of Education's Title VI and the Stanford Center for Latin American Studies. 

Units: 2

To obtain an official transcript with your units there is a $77 fee. Registration for units will take place at the end of the course for attendance purposes.  All participants receive course completion certificates. 

Status: Registration opens Friday, Feb 17, 4:00p PT

*Please note: The cost for this course includes morning coffee/tea service, lunch, and a reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.   

Connecting teachers from around the globe to share and grow in teaching excellence. This course is part of the Stanford Teaching Festival (STF). The STF aims to bring together teachers from varied classrooms and contexts worldwide. Teachers participate in a common, in-person, high-quality professional learning experience over the summer, and are provided with the resources, tools, and support to engage and grow with one another in meaningful learning communities throughout the school year.

Course Facilitators: 

Angela Estrella is a Professional Development Associate and Instructional History Coach for the Hollyhock Fellowship Program. She is also working on TELOS, a GSE initiative to advance equity through evidence-based learning opportunities. In addition to her work at Stanford, Angela works part-time as a professional development facilitator for Overfelt High School in San Jose and is a Teacher in Residence for Imagine K12, an incubator for educational technology startups. Prior to joining CSET, Angela taught history for 9 years and served as an educational technology mentor and instructional coach.

Guest Speakers

Juanita Darling is an Associate Professor and Director of the Latin American Studies Minor. She leads the Latin America and Alternative Research Methods in International Relations seminars, as well as teaching undergraduate classes in Latin American Policy, U.S.-Central America Relations, IR Analysis & Application, and International Media Politics.

She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication with a Latin American Studies Certificate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill after a long journalism career, including stints as Los Angeles Times San Salvador Bureau Chief and Mexico City correspondent. She wrote Latin America, Media, & Revolution: Communication in Modern Mesoamerica (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and, more recently, “The Eagle and the Sun: Shaping Press Philosophy in Early Mexico, 1823-1827.” Journalism History, 36:4 (Spring 2011), 228-237, reflecting her interest in Latin American Media, revolutionary media, and social movements.
She is active in the Latin American Studies Association, International Communications Association, Red de Historiadores de la Prensa y el Periodismo en Iberoamérica, and American Journalism Historians Association. Her most recent research project involves Latin American Media Philosophy, with emphasis on alternative media, particularly community radio, and the relationship between media and social movements.

Erika Pani  is research professor at the Center for Historical Studies at El Colegio de México, where she earned her PhD. She works on the political history of Mexico and the United States during the nineteenth century. Her published works include: Para mexicanizar el Segundo Imperio: El imaginario político de los imperialistas(El Colegio de México/Instituto Mora, 2001), Para pertenecer a la gran familia mexicana. Procesos de naturalización en el siglo XIX (El Colegio de México, 2015) and Historia mínima de Estados Unidos de América (El Colegio de México / Turner, 2016). She has edited Conservadurismo y derechas en la historia de México (CONACULTA/Fondo de Cultura económica, 2009), and Migración y ciudadanía. Construyendo naciones en América del norte (El Colegio de México, 2017).

Aurora Gomez Galvarriato Freer earned her PhD in history at Harvard University. She was an investigative professor in the Economics Division at the Center for Economic Teaching and Research A.C. (CIDE) for several years, and was also General Director of the General National Archives from 2009 to 2013. In addition, she has been a Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Harvard and a professor at ITAM. She is currently a member of the National System of Researchers Level II. Dr. Freer specializes in the economic and social history of Mexico. Her principal lines of investigation include the exploration of industrialization in Mexico and Latin America, the history of business and work, the economic and social impacts of the Mexican Revolution, and the changing standard of living in Mexico. She is currently researching the technologic, labor, and business history of maize tortilla production in Mexico.

Graciela Márquez is a professor at the Center for Historical Studies at El Colegio de México. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and has lectured in a diverse range of universities across the United States and Mexico, such as UNAM, University of Chicago, and Harvard University. Her research fields of interest are fiscal history, inequality and the estimation of historical series of Mexican GDP. Her main works focuses on the economic history of Mexico and Latin America from late nineteenth century to contemporary times. Professor Marquez has participated in various academic committees, refereed articles for professional journals and served in editorial boards.

This series is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, a center in the Stanford Global Studies Division, and is partially underwritten with funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program.